Sydney and Atlanta - June 11, 2012 - Global supply chain optimization provider Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: MANH) today announced that Jeanswest, one of Australia and New Zealand's leading denim fashion brands, has selected the Manhattan SCALE™ product suite to operate its new distribution center (DC) in Melbourne, Australia.
"As a company that has enjoyed unprecedented growth throughout Australia and New Zealand and more recently in the Middle East and China, we recognized an inherent need to review our entire supply chain operations and replace our in-house Warehouse Management System (WMS), which was simply too antiquated to support our requirements, both in terms of our physical store locations and our online operations in particular which have expanded exponentially in recent months,” explained Andrew Grant, general manager IT & Logistics at Jeanswest Corporation.
The company’s decision to deploy Manhattan SCALE was driven by a broad review of the company’s supply chain strategy from factory to store. As part of the company’s decision to consolidate its warehouse operations through the opening of a new centralized DC in Melbourne, the company wanted to replace its legacy in-house WMS with a proven, state-of-the-art solution based on industry best practice.
Jeanswest wanted a WMS that could facilitate better inventory management and stock accuracy; improve space utilization within the DC; support new business processes; and provide greater efficiency through streamlined operational processes and greater control of resources.
Following a competitive selection process, the Manhattan SCALE solution was chosen for its flexibility and extensibility in terms of its core functionality and features; for its integration strength with third party IT systems including Jeanswest’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system; and because of what the solution could offer and support out-of-the-box. Jeanswest was also impressed by Manhattan Associates’ ability to demonstrate proven success by facilitating on-site visits with other leading apparel groups based in Australia.
“We have been extremely satisfied with what the solution offers and the type of improvements it can deliver from a supply chain optimization perspective. What we have also been particularly impressed with is Manhattan’s project management approach, both in terms of implementation and execution, which has been simply outstanding. The strategy they put in place from the pre-sales stage was extremely structured and the Manhattan team involved have been nothing but reliable and professional throughout our engagement with them. They have set the bar very high,” Grant said.
Another capability of Manhattan SCALE, which Jeanwest has seen as particularly beneficial includes its ability to facilitate data exchange with suppliers from overseas. The company has not only seen impressive improvements in its receiving and put-away procedures when processing stock sourced from outside Australia, it has also found the ability to fully integrate with the systems of its domestic freight and online delivery partners a significant value-add from a productivity stand point.
Commenting on the new agreement, Raghav Sibal, managing director Australia and New Zealand at Manhattan Associates, said, “We have a wealth of experience in providing supply chain solutions to some of the leading retailers in Australia, so this was an ideal project for our team. Our ability to demonstrate a proven track record in the apparel industry specifically was a significant factor in Jeanswest’s ultimate decision to select Manhattan. Manhattan SCALE drives cost savings and increases productivity for its retail sector clients by automating and optimizing processes for a more effective distribution network. Manhattan is delighted that its solutions will serve as the supply chain technology platform that will underpin Jeanswest’s continued growth strategy.”
About Manhattan SCALE™
Manhattan SCALE™: Supply Chain Architected for Logistics Execution solution is a portfolio of distribution and transportation management solutions built on the Microsoft .NET development platform and the Microsoft Windows Server® and Microsoft SQL Server® family of products. It has been developed for fast growing organizations looking for a high performing, affordable, and low-risk supply chain solution.
From humble beginnings 40 years ago Jeanswest has grown into one of Australia and New Zealand's favorite denim fashion brands. Jeanswest now operates over 3,000 stores across Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Fiji and China, and continues to expand as it transforms itself into a truly global brand. For more information about the company please visit: http://www.jeanswest.com.au
About Manhattan Associates, Inc.
Manhattan Associates continues to deliver on its 22-year heritage of providing global supply chain excellence to more than 1,200 customers worldwide that consider supply chain optimization core to their strategic market leadership. The company's supply chain innovations include: Manhattan SCOPE®, a portfolio of software solutions and technology that leverages a Supply Chain Process Platform to help organizations optimize their supply chains from planning through execution; Manhattan SCALE™, a portfolio of distribution management and transportation management solutions built on Microsoft .NET technology; and Manhattan Carrier™, a suite of supply chain solutions specifically addressing the needs of the motor carrier industry. For more information, please visit www.manh.com.